Student support fund for supporting your studies

We may be able to help support you with your studies. Please read the Grants Booklet 2019-20 for more information. Please note that the threshold for claiming a grant is a gross household wage of £26,000, or students/parents to be claiming out of work benefits.

Financial Help

In order to remove barriers to further education, the government provides Telford College with funds to help the most financially disadvantaged students with the costs of coming to college. We can help with  • Travel expenses • Kit and uniform • Books • Materials • Trips/workshops • College meals • UCAS fees and university visits For further information, please contact student support on 01952 642295

Apply for your grant HERE

Travelling to college

We’ve teamed up with Arriva to bring you better bus routes to ensure you can make your way to college. Visit Arriva’s website for other bus timetables. Support with travelling to college We can help with transport if your gross household wage is less than £26,000 per year, or you/your parents claim out of work benefits. You need to live at least 1.5 miles away from college, walking distance. Please read the grants booklet which can be found on this link.

Apply for your grant HERE

Free College Meals

Is your child missing out on entitlement for a college meal? The government gives the college funds which we can spend on students. Check the list below to see if your son/daughter/ward can receive free college meals. • Your child is 16-18 on 31 August • You, as a parent/guardian receive: • Income Support • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 per year • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit • Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit ) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (assessed by HM Customs and Revenue) • Working Tax Credit run-on (rules apply) If you are aged 19-24 and are subject to an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), you may be entitled to free meals if you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits above.

Apply for your grant HERE

For more information - come and see grants or email for an application form and confidential chat. Telephone student support on 01952 642295

Care to learn scheme

• If you are under 20 at the start of your course, you may be able to get help with childcare fees from the Government’s care to learn scheme. You can apply online at care to learn. • If you are over 20 at the start of your course, you can apply for a grant towards your childcare fees. Please read the Grants Booklet 2019-20 for more information

Advanced learner loan

If you are aged 19 or above and want to gain Level 3 – 6 qualifications to help your career, you may be able to apply for an advanced learner loan for eligible courses. You don’t have to pay anything at the start of your course as you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of your course. You won’t repay the loan until you have completed your course and are earning £25,275 per year – and then you pay a small percentage back – for example if you earn £22,000 per year you only pay back £7 per month. Your tutor or Student Services advisor will let you know if your course is eligible, and how you can apply. The loan is not means tested.

 Care leavers and children in care

College can be a bit daunting, getting used to a new environment, new routine and meeting new people all at once. If you are a child in care or a care leaver there may be additional challenges too. At Telford College all our staff are trained to help meet your needs in a sensitive and confidential manner. We want you to succeed on your chosen course and help you with the next step, whether it’s work, an apprenticeship or higher education. We offer: • A dedicated CIC / CL contact who will offer individual support throughout your time at college • Guidance and practical advice to help you settle in • A guaranteed bursary paid weekly • Help with transport (deleted equipment and trips) We will also: • Act as a link between you and your social worker/foster carers • Meet with you before you start college to arrange early visits to support transition • Link with your tutors • Support you and offer advice and guidance on a variety of issues • Signpost for further support if required • Attend external meetings to support you as a Telford College student